All Buddhist Temple of Toledo Services, Ceremonies, Meetings, and other activities are virtual-only through May 31, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The Temple building is closed.
Gatherings that can be adapted to virtual-only will be held online including:
- Temple Ceremonies and Services will be live streamed on our Facebook Page
- Ango Workshops will be held virtually
Gatherings that cannot be shifted online are cancelled, including:
- Meditation and Recovery Group - Monday evening book club and meeting are cancelled.
- Dharma School - Sunday Dharma school for kids is cancelled.
- Sesshin - April and May sesshin are cancelled. Our Teachers will offer alternative practices to fill the space left in our Ango practice, but these will not be "virtual sesshin". Details forthcoming.
“Haven’t you met someone seasoned in the Way of Ease, a person with nothing to do and nothing to master, who neither rejects thought nor seeks truth?” - Master Yung-chia
Spring Ango 2020
Master Yung-chia's Song of Realizing the Way
Sunday March 15, 2020 - Sunday May 31, 2020
During this Spring Ango (what is Ango?), Zen Teachers Rinsen and Do’on will lead the sangha in an exploration of the “Song of Realizing the Way” by 8th century Zen master Yung-chia.
Throughout Ango, we will use the translation in the “Yung-chia” chapter of The Roaring Stream: A New Zen Reader (Foster, Nelson, and Jack Shoemaker, editors. “Yung-Chia.” The Roaring Stream: a New Zen Reader, Ecco Press, 1996, pp. 22–31). Paper copies of the text of the poem will be available as readings at Temple services.
The book also includes rich biographical information and footnotes, as well as readings from many other Zen ancestors. Rinsen and Do’on highly recommend the entire book as a companion for all students of the way during this Ango and beyond. You can look for the book at your local library or bookshop, or buy a copy online from Amazon Smile to support the Temple.
“Opening the eyes of wisdom, gaining powers to save others --
these come only when you realize the inconceivable.
It’s not difficult to see the reflections in a mirror,
but can you take hold of the moon in the water?”
During Ango, students will deeply engage with their bodhisattva practice (how do I intensify my practice?), work on the Ango topic together at themed events and meet up at Sangha members' homes to work on the theme together at Sangha Circles (registration coming soon!)
Every Sangha member's practice is different. You know your own situation best. Find a meaningful and workable way to deepen your practice for the next 90 days. For inspiration, here are some ways many Sangha members have engaged with Ango in the past.
- Visit the Temple in person for the first time (or the first time in a long time).
- Set up a home altar and care for it.
- Recite the Daily Liturgy at home every day.
- Take up daily zazen, and if you already have a daily zazen practice add some time.
- Attend more Temple services than usual, and make a commitment to attend in advance.
- Attend sesshin. Come for a morning or an afternoon, or the whole retreat.
- Meet the Teachers for dokusan on Wednesday evenings and at sesshin. Dokusan is a one-on-one interview for guidance about your Zen practice.
- Participate in a Sangha Circle. Sign up Here!
- Take up an art project around the Ango theme and share your work-in-progress and final pieces with the Sangha: a haiku each day, photography, calligraphy, song, dance, and so on.
- Attend some or all of the special Ango Events listed above!
Ango is a time of deep engagement with our vow to fully Awaken for the sake of all beings. During this Ango, we will take great care with our bodhisattva practice, including home practice, sesshin practice, and participation in the life of the sangha.
Ango has its roots in the earliest gatherings of the Buddha's disciples. During the rainy seasons in India some 2,600 years ago, mendicant followers of the Buddha would seek shelter in caves for 90 days, and there they would practice and study together with their teacher. Along with Zen communities across the world, we continue a modern incarnation of this ancient tradition.